3 students win at statewide Mandarin speech contest

Three Santa Catalina School students took home awards in the 46th CLTAC Mandarin Chinese Speech Contest.

Leah '24 took third place in the high school Level 2 division. In the high school Level 3 division, Sara '23 took second place and Tarn '23 took first place.

This year’s contest was held virtually. The students recorded themselves making a three- to four-minute speech on the topic of their choosing. Leah talked about moving and starting high school during the pandemic, Sara talked about her sister, and Tarn talked about rugby.

The purpose of the contest is to foster good language skills, with emphasis placed on accuracy, fluency, delivery, cadence, and content. A total of 244 students from kindergarten through college participated in the contest.

The contest is organized by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California.

Santa Catalina offers Mandarin Chinese from Level 1 to AP and Advanced Topics.

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